Shevrin Jones won a crowded primary election Tuesday night to become the Democratic nominee for Florida Senate District 35. He will most likely become the state’s first gay Black Senator.
Annie’s Parker, LGBTQ Victory Fund President, released the following statement:
“Shevrin shattered a long-standing political barrier for LGBTQ candidates in Florida and did so while running against opponents who attack our community – and that is history-making. He won the trust of constituents through his people-centered work and legislation while in the state House, ensuring the homophobic attacks on him would fail and even backfire. As a state senator, Shevrin will continue to be a role model and inspiration for LGBTQ young people – and especially Black LGBTQ youth – who too rarely see people like them in office. Florida voters chose wisely and we are thrilled to have worked so closely with Shevrin throughout his campaign.”
With 57 of 58 precincts reporting, Jones led all candidates with 48.5% of the vote. Jones earned 13,855 votes compared to his nearest challenger — longtime LGBT nemesis Daphne Campbell with 4,545 (15.6%).
In November Jones will face Darien Hill, a write-in independent who is a long shot.
Joe Saunders, the senior political director of Equality Florida, also released a statement.
“Shevrin’s victory is a groundbreaking milestone as he becomes the first LGBTQ Florida State Senator and the highest-ranking Black LGBTQ official in Florida history. Representation matters and this win gives LGBTQ Floridians our first seat at the table in the Florida Senate. Shevrin was Equality Florida Action PAC’s first endorsement this election cycle and has been our number one state legislative priority in 2020. Our donors rallied early to support him and our volunteers sent tens of thousands of messages to voters in the closing days of the campaign. In an era of racist rhetoric from Donald Trump, the election of a Black LGBTQ State Senator is an inspiration for everyone who values equality and justice.”